Shopping may help you live longer, according to a new study completed in Taiwan.

The study found that elderly men and woman who shopped regularly had a tendency to live longer than those who shopped less.

The study found that people over 65 that went out shopping every day were 27% less likely to die within the 10 year study window, than those who went shopping less often. Men came out slightly ahead in the study. A 28% mortality risk was recorded in men when the data was divided by gender. A 23% mortality rate was recorded in women.

Dr Yu-Hung Chang of the Institute of Population Health Sciences, Taiwan, who planned and supervised the study, concluded in the study that “Shopping captures several dimensions of personal well-being, health and security as well as contributing to the community’s cohesiveness and economy and may represent or actually confer increased longevity.”

The study involved 1841 Taiwanese that were 65 or older, and who were surveyed in 1999 and 2000 about their health and lifestyles. Their responses were then compared to deaths in the group that were recorded from 1999 to 2008.

The study was published online this week in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health’s website, jech.bmj.com , which is the official journal of the Society for Social Medicine.